Applying the triple helix approach to the water sector in Palestine


On 25 & 26 October the training “Stakeholder Mapping and Multi stakeholder Solutions for Triple Helix Challenges” took place as part of the Tailor-Made-Training project named “Fostering Cross-Sector Collaboration to Promote Innovation in the Palestinian Water Sector.”

Maastricht School of Management’s (MSM) Triple Helix Expert, Dr. Julius Gatune Kariuki provided a two-day training to 20 Palestinian participants from public and private sectors, NGO’s and academia. The training was aimed at providing a solid basis of the triple helix approach and how the model can be used within the water sector. By having such a diverse group of participants coming from different sectors while linked to the water sector, it opened the “virtual” floor for many discussions. The dialogue was flowing and stimulated the thought process on how different stakeholders can work together towards an innovative Palestinian water sector with help of the Triple Helix model.

A hands-on hybrid workshop
The training was hosted at the Water Sector Regulatory Council (WSCR) who created a welcoming environment for participants to join the session from their offices. WSCR CEO Mohammad Said Al Hmaidi welcomed all participants and was actively involved in the workshop.

Due to the pandemic the setup of the triple helix workshop was in a hybrid format. Triple Helix Expert Dr. Gatune provided the training from Nairobi, Kenya to the participants present at the WSRC office as well as a group of participants joining in online.

The workshop was aimed at being very hands-on which meant a knowledge session in the morning by Dr. Gatune and putting theory immediately into practice during group sessions. The participants were split in two groups and each group would present their ideas at the end of the workshop. On the first day the group work was aimed at mapping Palestinian stakeholders in the water sector and identifying their position on the water value chain. The participants would look at among other the efficiency and sustainability of the stakeholders within the value chain. On the second day, the group work was aimed at looking into the readiness of the triple helix approach within the Palestinian water sector.

This 2-day workshop was the first training session as part of this TMT. In the following sessions the participants will dive deeper into the triple helix module by looking at innovations, entrepreneurship and investments as well as business model development for regional authorities and implementing smart specialization strategies.

Photos: WSRC

About the project
This Tailor-Made-Training is a collaboration between WSRC and MSM and focuses on building the capacity of WSRC and other main stakeholders in the water sector (government, academia and private sector) on the concept of the Triple Helix model. Part of this TMT are several training sessions, a digital platform and a work visit to the Netherlands. 

Orange Knowledge Programme
This Tailor-Made-Training is part of the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) which is funded by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic. For more information click here.

MSM's International Projects and Consultancies Department

This workshop is part of MSM’s International Project and Consultancies Department. The department is an is an expert centre on local economic development in emerging and developing markets.‚Äč We capacitate managers and professionals from government, private sector, NGOs, and post-secondary education in Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America. We offer consultancy and customized training programs, and we manage complex projects in key sectors, e.g. water, agriculture and health. For more information click here.

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